Yogi RIPsum

I have long thought that “dummy text” didn’t need to be boring and unreadable. It’s just needs to be dummy.


(NYTimes.com): Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90.


As the 12 readers of this blog already know, “Lorem Ipsum” is dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Basically, it is gibberish that sort of looks like Latin. That makes sense, because creative types in the design and publishing field often refer to these latin-looking words as “greeking.” And by, “that makes sense,” of course I mean, “that makes no sense.”

As I have learned from a lifetime of presenting concepts to clients, if you don’t greek copy, the client will read the copy and say, “I don’t understand the copy.” By using Lorem Ipsum dummy text, the client will know it’s just represents a place where copy will be.

That said, I have long thought that “dummy text” didn’t need to be boring and unreadable. It’s just needs to be dummy.

So I decided to entertain myself by putting together Yogi Ipsum: Dummy text for the easily amused. It is comprised of quotes made by or attributed to Yogi Berra, the legendary New York Yankees catcher and noted wordsmith.

In honor of Yogi (who I learned this morning was in the U.S. Navy during WW II and at age 19, participated in the Normandy invasion), I’ve decided to share Yogi Ipsum with the 12 people who read this blog:

Yogi Ipsum Cut-and-Past Content Generator

As you will note, each block of the following Yogi Ipsum gets longer. Don’t feel like you’re over using them until you’re over. Also, some of these are Yogi-isms and are attributed to him, but can’t be sourced. However, about those he said, “I really didn’t say everything I said. Then again, I might have said ’em, but you never know.”


 

Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.

I knew the record would stand until it was broken. I looked like this when I was young, and I still do.

I really didn’t say everything I said. Then again, I might have said ’em, but you never know. If people don’t want to come to the ballpark how are you going to stop them? If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. When you come to a fork in the road, take it!

If you ask me a question I don’t know, I’m not going to answer. What Time Is It? You Mean Now? If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there. It gets late early out there. It’s déjà vu all over again. Little things are big. Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical. Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. I really didn’t say everything I said! We made too many wrong mistakes. You can observe a lot by watching. He was on a passenger jet at the time, so he was not sure in which time zone he was.